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August 6 Grand Gala tickets available, event promises wholesome family-oriented entertainment

Published:Thursday | August 1, 2013 | 9:41 AM


The annual Grand Gala one of the highlights of the annual Emancipation and Independence celebrations, will be held at the National Stadium on Independence Day, August 6.

The event, to be held under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Triumphant, Proud and Free’ promises to offer rich, wholesome family-oriented entertainment, with improved television quality for those who cant fit in the stadium.

This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, at a Jamaica Information Service ‘Think Tank’ held at on Tuesday at the agency’s headquarters in Kingston.

Persons who wish to attend the annual Grand Gala event at the National Stadium on Independence Day, August 6, can get their free tickets at Juici Beef, Burger King and Tastee locations in Cross Roads, Half-Way Tree, Downtown, and Portmore.

Each person will only be allowed two tickets.

Hanna said that despite the increased number of outlets, not everyone will be able to attend the live event due to the limited seating capacity at the venue as the stadium holds 23,000 people.

Hanna says "It’s one of these events that everybody wants to come to, that’s why we are showcasing live on television,” she said.

Grand Gala producer, Gregory Simms, said that much work has gone into improving the television product so that the event is even more enjoyable for the audience at home.

He said that rehearsals are being held every day “to have the television product looking well directed and very attractive. So Jamaicans ... will get an unforgettable experience in their own homes as well now,” he said.

The objectives of the celebrations are to: commemorate the country’s 51st year of independence, and give Jamaicans an opportunity to collect keepsakes from ‘Jamaica 50’; offer presentations in dance, music, theatre and visual arts; and to recognise national heroes, Jamaican icons, and institutions.

The gala will include periods of reflection and discussion as the ministry formally close out ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations, which began last year.


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